Tag Archives: UK

UK to order welfare recipients “Back to the Workhouse”

Jobless Britons could be forced to do community work to keep their unemployment payments, Britain’s top economics minister said Monday, announcing the latest in a series of moves to tighten benefits rules and crack down on “welfare dependency.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/world/europe/britain-plans-to-require-community-service-for-jobless-benefits.html?ref=world Under the plan, those out of work for more than two years could be required to […]

Investigation into royal palace break-in uncovers conspiracy

Security is being reviewed at the palace after Monday’s suspected break-in, in which an intruder was able to scale a fence and get inside the palace.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24005811  Police said a man was arrested inside the palace on suspicion of burglary, trespass and criminal damage at about 22:20 BST. He was found “in an area currently […]

UK High Court OKs seizure of Miranda and Greenwald material

The UK high court extended police powers to analyze encrypted material seized from the partner of one of the newspaper’s journalists this month.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/31/world/europe/britain-cites-grave-risks-in-leaked-data-it-seized.html?src=rechp   The decision, which slightly expanded the authority of the police to investigate the digital files, came after a senior national security adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron told the court that […]

Cameron hears the people, Brits vote “no” on war with Syria

The stunning parliamentary defeat on Thursday for Prime Minister David Cameron that led him to rule out British military participation in any strike on Syria reflected British fears of rushing to act against Damascus without certain evidence.   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/31/world/middleeast/syria.html?pagewanted=2&hp   British legislators rejected a motion urging an international response to the chemical weapons attack by […]

Brits, Iran call for evidence in Syrian attack as war looms

In London, government enthusiasm for a rapid retaliatory strike against Syrian government targets seemed to evaporate late Wednesday when British leaders, facing dissent among lawmakers, signaled that they would await the inspectors’ findings. Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, aware of the sensitivities created by the Iraq war, said unexpectedly that a separate vote would be […]

UK bullies journalists: “there’s no need to write any more”

Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian newspaper, said that two months ago he was contacted by “a very senior government official claiming to present the views of the prime minister,” David Cameron. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/world/europe/british-news-organization-has-advantages-in-secrets-battle-with-government.html?pagewanted=1&ref=world  There were two meetings in which officials “demanded the return or the destruction of the material we were working on,” and in […]

UK authorities destroy computers at The Guardian over NSA leaks

The editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, disclosed on Monday that the British government had sent officials from Government Communications Headquarters, which is known as GCHQ and is the British version of the National Security Agency, to the newspaper’s offices in London to destroy computers containing documents leaked by Mr. Snowden. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/world/europe/britons-question-whether-detention-of-reporters-partner-was-terror-related.html?ref=world Mr. Rusbridger said […]

UK detains Greenwald associate on terrorism to seize NSA info

The partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist for The Guardian who has been publishing information leaked by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden, was detained for nine hours by the British authorities under a counterterrorism law while on a stop in London’s Heathrow Airport during a trip from Germany to Brazil. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/world/europe/britain-detains-partner-of-reporter-tied-to-leaks.html?hp&_r=0  […]

Protesters oppose fracking by Cuadrilla Resources in UK

Opposition to shale gas extraction flared up in the tiny village of Balcombe, England on Sunday as hundreds marched on an oil exploration site in protest at the drilling process known as ‘fracking’.   Activists are concerned the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process used to extract gas from rocks underground can trigger small earthquakes and pollute […]

UK internet spying requests result in faulty arrests

UK authorities increased the number of requests they made about the public’s use of texts, emails and other communications data last year, an official report has revealed.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23367751 The report also revealed that mistakes made while using the information led to six members of the public being wrongly detained or accused of a crime.  It […]

UK arms dealing at odds with human rights stance

The UK government has approved more than 3,000 export licences for military sales to countries which it believes have questionable records on human rights.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23336914   The House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls says the value of the existing export licences to the 27 countries in question exceeds £12bn. This includes significant sales to […]

UK: NSA and GCHQ spying on Brits perfectly legal

UK security services claimed not to break the law in accessing personal data through the US Prism programme. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23341597   The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) examined a list of ‘selectors’ (such as email addresses) that requested information on a list of UK nationals or individuals who were under surveillance. “The legal authority for this is contained […]

UK funds advanced autonomous robotics research in Scotland

Two Scottish universities have been given more than £6m of UK government funding for research into robotics and autonomous systems. Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh will use the cash to develop a joint research centre in the capital. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-23332184  The centre will explore the potential of robots and autonomous systems across a broad […]

UK outlaws herbal stimulant used by North Africans

The herbal stimulant khat is to be banned by the UK government, against the advice of its own Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. In January the ACMD said khat should remain a legal substance, saying there was “insufficient evidence” it caused health problems. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23163017 Campaigners said they were “disappointed and concerned” at the […]

Google keeps snatched wi-fi data in UK

Google has been given 35 days to delete any remaining data it “mistakenly collected” while taking pictures for its Street View service, or face criminal proceedings. The UK investigation into Google reopened last year after further revelations about the data taken from wi-fi networks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23002166 Google Street View, which launched in 2007, has been one […]

US and UK eavesdrop with impunity

American and British intelligence agencies had eavesdropped on world leaders at conferences in London in 2009. The latest disclosures, in a new set of classified documents disclosed by Edward J. Snowden and appearing again in The Guardian, came the night before a meeting of the Group of 8 industrialized nations was to open in Northern […]

Recent attacks give way to police state rationale

“Short of a police state on East German lines the number of such individuals who can be subject to very intensive surveillance sufficient to detect preparations for violent action is but a small proportion of the total — and of course individuals can flip quickly even where they have been checked out previously.” http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/05/31/world/europe/ap-eu-tracking-terrorists.html?ref=world “This […]

Ecuador fights for Assange’s rights

Ecuador’s foreign minister accused the British government on Tuesday of trampling on the human rights of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by refusing to allow him to travel to Ecuador, which granted him political asylum almost a year ago.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/world/americas/ecuador-concern-for-rights-of-wikileaks-founder.html?ref=world  Mr. Assange, 41, took refuge in Ecuador’s tiny embassy in London last June to avoid […]

MI5 had hacking assailants under surveillance

British security officials confirmed Thursday that the suspects were known to MI5, the domestic security agency, in the years before the attack, which stunned many people with its sheer brutality.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/world/europe/london-attack.html?pagewanted=1&src=twr    What British security officials knew about the two men held after the London attack remained unclear. But unidentified officials who spoke with British reporters […]

Tortured man asks UK for £1 and an apology

Mr Belhaj and his wife were detained by US intelligence officers at Bangkok Airport in March 2004 and Belhaj was tortured for several days while his wife Fatima Bouchar, who was five months’ pregnant, was chained to a wall at a secret prison at the airport. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21651979 After being rendered- the act of transferring people […]